Singer Rebecca Black has achieved overnight stardom. The popular YouTube video for her song “Friday” quickly went viral and has already received over 113 million views since it was posted just over two months ago. Does Rebecca Black have any talent and why did the video become so popular so quickly? It appears that the video’s popularity has arisen not from its excellence, but for just how utterly bad it is. So bad in fact, that the 13-year-old singer has recently been receiving death threats demanding that the video be taken down.
We consider these threats to be death threats, and we certainly take these things very seriously.
– Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim, California Police Department
The Anaheim, California Police Department are taking these death threats towards Rebecca Black very seriously and have launched an official investigation. Sgt. Rick Martinez says, “Specifically they mention that they were going to take her life and that’s where you have to draw the line.” Martinez went on to say, “The threats were related to getting the music off of the Internet or they would kill her. We are taking these threats very seriously.”
The meanest thing I read was I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get a eating disorder so you’ll look pretty.
– Rebecca Black
According to the YouTube video’s viewer voting statistics, the video has received 308,557 “Likes”, but an overwhelming 2,284,341 “Dislikes”. Many of the comments left by viewers are not only critical, such as “This song makes me wish Friday never comes”, but violent as well, such as ”go die in a hole.”
As the old Hollywood saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. It is estimated that Rebecca Black has earned well over $20,000 from YouTube’s revenue sharing program, as well as thousands from the song’s sales on iTunes. Not bad…and a lot more than I made when I was 13 years old collecting aluminum cans.
Is the song really that bad? Watch the video for yourself and then leave a comment in the comment box below.
Contact the Author: DemianRussian@ArtsandEntertainmentPlayground.com